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EU's Solana heartened by Obama's Mideast speech
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09:00, June 05, 2009

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European Union (EU) foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana said on Thursday that he was encouraged by U.S. President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo on relations between the United States and the Muslim world.

"President Obama's speech in Cairo today was a remarkable speech, both in its content and in its form. It was a speech that without any doubt will open a new page in relations with the Arab-Muslim world," said Solana through his office.

He said Obama's speech has created a constructive climate for the Middle East.

Solana said he has received many positive reactions from leaders in the region. "My telephone has not stopped ringing since Mr. Obama finished speaking and the first reactions of prime ministers, ministers and important friends, of everybody to whom I have spoken, were positive."

Solana said it is time to move. "I think that together we -- the EU, the U.S. and the countries in the region -- can begin to solve the many problems that face us in the Middle East."

"Now, what we cannot do is fail. Now we have to really move, together, and try and to do what has to be done. There is no time to lose," he said.

Solana said he will be traveling to the Middle East next week. "I hope that we will have the opportunity to follow up on the many issues that have been mentioned today (by Obama) because it has been our dream for so many years."


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